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October 31, 2014 No Comments By Patrick Worrall

David Cameron is in for a rough ride from backbenchers over the controversial European Arrest Warrant (EWA).

Britain has to decide before 1 December whether to opt back in to the system, which allows EU countries to extradite suspects quickly at the request of other member states.

Conservative backbenchers are unhappy, saying the EWA is flawed and rejoining it will effectively hand over control of extradition to the European Court of Justice.

The home secretary, Theresa May, argues that Britain benefits from the EWA and says she has made improvements to extradition law to prevent countries using it for trivial offences and stop extradited Britons languishing for :

What, if anything, has the EAW done for us – and is the criticism justified?

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Extraditions from Britain

Any EU state can issue an EAW for a crime carried out in its territory carrying a maximum penalty of at least one year in prison.

If another member state finds the suspect, it must arrest them and begin extradition proceedings.

Some states issue more warrants to Britain than others:

Poland issues more warrants by far than any other country for suspects living in the UK.

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October 30, 2014 5 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Went to a state school? Then you can expect to earn thousands less than a privately-educated colleague with the same qualifications.

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October 29, 2014 No Comments By Patrick Worrall

Are there really towns that have been swamped by European migrants? Where are the hotspots? Is there pressure on jobs and housing?

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October 21, 2014 11 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Immigration will be a key battleground in the run-up to the election. How much do you really know?

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October 17, 2014 3 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Ministers are talking about reviving the ancient laws of treason to deal with jihadis. What is treason and should it make a comeback?

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October 16, 2014 7 Comments By Patrick Worrall

There are rumblings of a big announcement from David Cameron on EU immigration. But he may have little room for manoeuvre.

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October 15, 2014 20 Comments By Patrick Worrall

MPs have backed a motion calling for the UK to recognise Palestine. What would it mean and are we behind the curve?

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October 7, 2014 7 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Britain’s strange electoral system means the second most popular party can still win a general election.

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October 4, 2014 6 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Nice has recommended a new drug for high-risk drinkers. How much are you drinking and should you be worried?

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September 30, 2014 9 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Iain Duncan Smith wants to see benefits loaded onto cards to stop claimants spending cash on drugs and booze. How big is the problem?

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